Saturday, February 21, 2009

Happy Terminalia!

According to my rusty recollection of Roman history courses and the ever-trusty Wikipedia, February 23 is the day (Terminalia) that splits the month into two odd-numbered parts and is the end of the religious year. Did the Romans split it up because it was both unbearably long and ridiculously short? Was it called Terminalia because the Romans had reached the end of their patience with eternally gray skies by the 23rd?

After all the administrative tasks of recent weeks, I want to make a fresh start even if spring is still months away, so here are some Terminalia resolutions:
  • Once again I'm going to think about emulating Productive Colleague, who never shows up at a department meeting unless he/she has something to report. If it's an ordinary meeting, he/she stays away--not collegial, maybe, but a move toward productivity.
  • In the spirit of Terminalia, I replaced my aging computer and its faulty monitor, which everyone in my family refused to use because they said it gave them eyestrain. I can now have the new computer on AND talk on the phone at the same time, something that the noise factor of the old one made impossible; also, my eyes aren't red and watery by the end of the day, which together with my family's approval makes me think that this monitor is A-OK. Also, new and shiny (but not expensive, amazingly enough) is even better than chocolate for revving up excitement about writing, wouldn't you say?
  • I'm going to try to get back to writing in the mornings, especially if I wake up early (4 or 5 a.m.). Productivity rules, or so I hear, and it sure beats the bad dreams that happen if I fall back asleep. This morning's dream after waking up at 4: I had to write my Ph.D. prelims by hand, using one of those slow Bic ballpoint pens. On black paper, where no one could read what I'd written. Yes, that was surely worth staying asleep for.
So is Terminalia a do-over for those January resolutions that didn't quite get off the ground? I sure hope so.

Edited to add: I wrote this on the 23rd but put it into a draft post from Saturday, one of many that never got finished recently--sort of in the spirit of Terminalia, really.

3 comments:

Sisyphus said...

No, chocolate is pretty much better than everything, for anything. But I would endorse the combination of chocolate and new computers during the writing process: yay writing! Go go go!

Rent Party said...

Terminalia: goes with Lent and is a second chance to get started on those new year's resolutions: good!

undine said...

Sisyphus, that revved me up! You're right--chocolate with anything is much better than anything without chocolate.

Rent Party--Terminalia, Lent--yes! A new start for sure.